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Venice Biennale 2012: 'Inter Cities / Intra Cities: GHOSTWRITING THE FUTURE' Exhibition

11:00 - 29 July, 2012
Courtesy of Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Courtesy of Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Organized by Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Hong Kong Arts Development Council as a collateral event at the Venice Biennale 2012, the “Inter Cities / Intra Cities: GHOSTWRITING THE FUTURE” exhibition focus upon the vital urban, architectural, and cultural regeneration of Kowloon East in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong based architectural practice, Oval Partnership, has been appointed as curator of the Hong Kong exhibition which takes the 320 hectare Kowloon East regeneration area as its subject; one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Asia, and a district based around the ghost of a former airport. The opening ceremony will be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 (Arsenale, Campo della Tana, Castello 2126 in Venice, Italy). If you are interested in participating, please let me know. I will inform you as soon as possible of the opening time and I will reserve an invitation for you. The exhibition will be open to the public until November 25, 2012.

Urban Constellation - Museum of Contemporary Architecture Exhibition Scheme / K/R Architects

11:00 - 29 July, 2012
Courtesy of K/R Architects
Courtesy of K/R Architects

Our overall planning concept by K/R Architects is composed of three interrelated parts. First, their intention is to create exhibits that define the Urban Constellation Museum of Contemporary Architecture (UC-MoCA) as an institution that consistently reflects and promotes contemporary urban culture. Second, architectural exhibits should educate through experience which is the most effective and memorable way to reach multiple audiences. Thirdly, their goal is to develop our planning concept in such a way that it harmoniously respects the importance of the historic industrial shed, the requirements of the definitive program and the architect’s concept design documents. More images and architects’ description after the break.

'Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers' Exhibition / gmp Architekten

07:00 - 29 July, 2012
© gmp
© gmp

Since Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg founded their architectural practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in Hamburg in 1965, they have carried out projects in almost all large cities in Germany and on four continents. The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC) presents an overview of gmp’s work with the international touring exhibition “Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers”, which is on now until to August 5. Sketches and drawings provide an idea of the initial conceptual thoughts, models present designs in their three dimensions and photos by well known architectural photographers document the completed buildings. More architects’ description after the break.

Science and Technology Park / idcode

04:00 - 29 July, 2012
Courtesy of idcode
Courtesy of idcode

Designed by idcode, the Science and Technology Park, located in Opole, Poland, is a combination of the horizontal character of the building with the existing landscape of suburban fields. By creating a landscape project in which the field and discussion form a functional space of fields, the modules arranged on site create a space of integration and communication between office modules. The objective and main goal of the strategy is to create a typology of offices to promote human interaction and communication to promote creative work. More images and architects’ description after the break.

108 Dwellings in Polígono Aeropuerto / Enrique Abascal García

01:00 - 29 July, 2012
108 Dwellings in Polígono Aeropuerto / Enrique Abascal García, © Clemente Delgado
© Clemente Delgado
  • Architects

  • Location

    Calle Profesor Faustino Gutiérrez Alviz y Armario, 41020 Seville, Spain
  • Architect in Charge

    Enrique Abascal García, Miguel Díaz Zulategui
  • Technical Architects

    Pilar López Galán, Maite Conejero, Esther Expósito
  • Collaborators

    Néstor González, Óscar Navarro, Francisco Gómez, Antonio Lastres, Antonio Gancedo, Antonio De La Concha, Gerardo Sandar, Vorsevi, Cemosa
  • Area

    13910.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

    Clemente Delgado, Courtesy of Enrique Abascal

© Clemente Delgado © Clemente Delgado © Clemente Delgado © Clemente Delgado +34

Fort Werk aan 't Spoel / RAAAF + Atelier de Lyon

01:00 - 29 July, 2012
© Rob 't Hart
© Rob 't Hart

© Rob 't Hart © Rob 't Hart © Rob 't Hart © Rob 't Hart +8

Brancott Estate Heritage Centre / Fearon Hay Architects

01:00 - 29 July, 2012
Brancott Estate Heritage Centre / Fearon Hay Architects, © Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

© Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds © Patrick Reynolds +18

Sonos Studio / RA-DA

01:00 - 29 July, 2012
Sonos Studio / RA-DA
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Brea Art
  • Architect

     RA-DA - Rania Alomar, AIA, RA, DA
  • RA-DA Design Team

    Rania Alomar – Design Lead; Jesse Madrid – Job Captain/Designer.
  • Mep

     Maftoon Inc.
  • Client

     Sonos
  • Contractor

     Lemarc Builders, Ryan Dumoulin
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of ra-da

Sonos Studio / RA-DA Courtesy of ra-da Sonos Studio / RA-DA Sonos Studio / RA-DA +13

Barrio Capital: A Public Skyscraper / Molcajete. Urban Think Tank

23:00 - 28 July, 2012
Courtesy of Molcajete. Urban Think Tank
Courtesy of Molcajete. Urban Think Tank

As the first step of an urban acupuncture strategy, the Barrio Capital: A Public Skyscraper in the heart of Mexico City taps into some of the city’s most pressing problems. Designed by Molcajete. Urban Think Tank, the project responds to several urban problems, such as the lack of public space per inhabitant, insufficient parking space, and, above all, the scarce interaction between people from different socio-economical levels who share a defined territory within the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Brisbane Indesign Installation / BVN Architecture

19:00 - 28 July, 2012
© Christopher Frederick Jones Photography
© Christopher Frederick Jones Photography

In collaboration with Space Furniture, BVN Architecture designed this unique installation for the 2012 Bisbane Indesign. ‘The Project’ was inspired by the theme, Exploring the Common Thread, and resulted in a spectrum of color expressed through cotton yarn poised in a frozen geometric form. Drawn under tension the geometry is justified to fit within the constraints of the existing spatial condition.

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2012 Olympic Cauldron / Thomas Heatherwick

15:00 - 28 July, 2012

One of the “best-kept secrets” of the opening ceremony was the Thomas Heatherwick-designed 2012 Olympic cauldron that dazzled viewers world-wide last night as it was ignited by seven young British athletes in a very unique lighting ceremony.

Representing each nation competing in the London Olympics, 204 “very small humble” copper petals were carried out alongside national flags and competitors – each inscribed with the name of the country and the words “XX Olympiad London 2012”. The petals were then attached to long, stainless steel stems that formed ten rings that appeared as an open flower. Once ignited, the flames quickly spread to each petal and then gently rose up to unite as a single flame.

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Video: Genre de Vie - A documentary film about bicycles, cities and personal awareness

11:00 - 28 July, 2012

Produced by Jorrit Spoelstra and Sven Prince, Genre de Vie is a documentary film about bicycles, cities and personal awareness. Shown in the video above, they document urban life empowered by the simplicity of the bicycle by looking at desired spaces and our own impact to the process of it. At a time when we are facing environmental issues more than ever before, this film creatively explores how the bicycle contributes to the future livability of cities and brings more awareness to the public.

SAC Federal Credit Union New Corporate Headquarters / Leo A Daly

04:00 - 28 July, 2012
Courtesy of Leo A Daly
Courtesy of Leo A Daly

Leo A Daly, the well-known international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm, was chosen by the SAC Federal Credit Union, Nebraska’s largest credit union, to provide design and engineering services for its new corporate headquarters campus in Papillion, Nebraska. Their design for the headquarters reflects SAC’s close culture, collaborative work environment and its commitment to the community. The headquarters will rest on a strong brick foundation, a metaphorical representation of SAC’s member-owner base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pennington Road Footbridge / Softroom

01:00 - 28 July, 2012
Pennington Road Footbridge / Softroom, © Joseph Burns
© Joseph Burns
  • Architects

  • Location

    Merseyside, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineering

    Eckersley O’Callaghan
  • Landscape Architects

    BBUK
  • Client

    Housing Market Renewal, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Joseph Burns © Joseph Burns © Joseph Burns © Joseph Burns +12

VoltaMitte / Christ & Gantenbein

01:00 - 28 July, 2012
VoltaMitte / Christ & Gantenbein, © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
  • Architects

  • Location

    Basle, Switzerland
  • Design Team

    Mona Farag, Marion Clauss, Stefan Heiniger, Laura Schneider, Mathias Sehn, David Vaner
  • Site

    6,900
  • Client

    Swiss Life
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti +18

The Media Room / Luca Andrisani

01:00 - 28 July, 2012
The Media Room / Luca Andrisani, © Adam Chinitz
© Adam Chinitz

The Media Room was designed in connection with Metropolitan Home's Showtime House, an event where NYC top designers were challenged to transform a beautiful Gramercy Park townhouse into a beacon of modernism inspired by original Showtime hit series.

National and University Library / Studio Kalamar

23:00 - 27 July, 2012
Courtesy of Studio Kalamar
Courtesy of Studio Kalamar

Designed by Studio Kalamar, the proposal for the National and University Library in Ljubljana, Slovenia connects itself to the urban fabric of the square in a clear, but quiet fashion. As the dynamic volume mimics the dynamic surrounding environment, an atrium is created between, thus introverting the urban energies into a peaceful atmosphere appropriate for studying, which is surrounded by a cloister, vertically repeated four times. The program is comprised of four program units: free access library, storage and archive facilities, work units – expert library services, and the archaeological heritage of Roman Emona. Emona lies beneath the surface level, so the three remaining units are used as the base for volume composition. More images and architects’ description after the break.

2G Magazine #62 / Stefano Boeri

20:00 - 27 July, 2012

The latest issue of 2G magazine has just arrived to ArchDaily from our friends from Editorial Gustavo Gili. This new publication is edited in Spanish and English and comprises a series of monographs from renowned architects like Sou Fujimoto, Lacaton & Vassal and Eduardo Arroyo, among others. It also includes the writings from masterminds such as Mies van der Rohe and Lina Bo Bardi. The current issue, N.62, features the works of Stefano Boeri, known by projects like the Vertical Forest in Milan and La Maddalena Arsenal.

More information + full index after the break.